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Spiga (Central Ave Scarsdale)... did it close?

iluvcookies Nov 13, 2011 05:10 PM

I passed by yesterday with my mom and it was dark. Their website

http://spiga.racanellirestaurants.com...

is missing all the pics, and the main Racanelli website no longer mentions this place.

Any news?? I was last there over the summer and enjoyed it.

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Spiga
718 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

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    Maryld Nov 15, 2011 06:31 AM

    I went by last night and it was completely dark with no cars in the lot. It sure looks closed.

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      Bob P Nov 15, 2011 09:44 AM

      Yes, the website is now saying they are closed, and I just called their number and got a recording that says the number is not a working number. Too bad.

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        silverstarfish Nov 15, 2011 02:33 PM

        I went to the door about a week ago and there was a sign that said they are under construction. Not a good sign that the website is down.

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          iluvcookies Nov 15, 2011 06:47 PM

          No, not a good sign. Unless they open under a new name, like when Casa Maya became Maya.
          I really liked this place... it was our go-to birthday dinner spot for a bunch of friends.

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          Casa Maya
          706 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

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            mrsdebdav Nov 16, 2011 10:28 AM

            FYI, Maya and Spiga are both owned by the same group:
            http://www.racanellirestaurants.com/z...

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            Spiga
            718 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

            1. re: mrsdebdav
              iluvcookies Nov 16, 2011 11:48 AM

              Yes, I know.

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                TBones Nov 26, 2011 02:28 PM

                Maya and Spiga are (were) truely bad restaurants.

                Large helpings do not compensate for really bad food

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                Spiga
                718 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

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                  Shawn Nov 27, 2011 05:18 PM

                  I agree. The food at Maya is, and Spiga was, not good. IMO, not a big loss.

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                    Maryld Nov 28, 2011 09:18 AM

                    Well, for bad restaurants they sure have had a hell of a good run!

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                    jhopp217 Nov 28, 2011 09:44 AM

                    I was only at Spiga once when it first opened and hated it. That being said, I was also probably a little biased, being that I used to love hanging out at Carmella's which was there before it.

                    As for Maya, I think they do some things well and others are boring. I don't think anything I've ever eaten there was horrible, but it is definitely second rate. They do have a great brunch special on the weekends and unlimited Margaritas are never a bad thing

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                    Spiga
                    718 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

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                      geendatz Nov 28, 2011 03:39 PM

                      My last visit to Spiga a few years back was so horrid that I wrote them a letter about it...Huge servings of insultingly bad Italian food .

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                      Spiga
                      718 Central Park Ave, Scarsdale, NY 10583

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                        chloe4ever Nov 29, 2011 10:15 PM

                        Food was great each time I went to Spiga. Great entrees and desserts and service was spot on. It will be missed.

              2. BAFU Nov 30, 2011 12:33 PM

                ...and good riddance. Awful place to eat in, huge portions of barely mediocre/almost inedible food. Surprised it lasted this long. Let's hope something better goes in its place.

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                  liza219 Nov 30, 2011 09:31 PM

                  Agreed. I could never understand how these type of restaurants stay around fir a few years yet the exceptionable hardly makes it through 1 year. It's almost like westchester enjoys mediocre mainstream cuisine.

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                    scarsdalesurprise Dec 1, 2011 04:58 AM

                    Just out of curiousity - what is an exceptional restaurant in Westchester that barely made it through a year?

                    As for Spiga, it wasn't great but I don't think it was as horrible as people make it out to be. I do believe the whole concept was a bit dated, though, by the time it closed. I just hope the building gets filled - I hate large empty businesses on Central Ave.

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                      Maryld Dec 1, 2011 06:32 AM

                      There is now a sign saying that the building is for sale or for lease. Maybe if we're really, really lucky someone will buy it, knock it down and build another CVS clone (like they did with Central Square Cafe).

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                        scarsdalesurprise Dec 1, 2011 08:10 AM

                        We can only hope! : )

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                      chloe4ever Dec 1, 2011 10:42 PM

                      I liked the food there. Does that mean that I like "mediocre mainstream cuisine"? Just because it was not up to your standards, does not mean that others who like it have bad taste. Food is all a matter of preference. I liked Spiga's a lot. Went there at least 15 times in the past 5 years and each time was happy with the food and service.

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                        liza219 Dec 1, 2011 11:49 PM

                        I should say maybe mediocre wasn't the best adjective. But after eating there two times and getting violently ill those 2 times, and having to send food (lobster) back 2 times because it wasn't cooked enough, it's a sign to me stay away for me.

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                          chloe4ever Dec 3, 2011 04:18 PM

                          Sorry that your experiences there have been so lousy. I guess I would feel the same way you do as well about the place.

                    3. re: BAFU
                      iluvcookies Dec 1, 2011 05:45 AM

                      Honestly, Spiga wasn't much more than Pizza and Brew food in a nicer setting.But it served a great purpose--my mom and father in law could get the food that they liked, and my husband and I enjoyed the nicer setting and more space. And it was an easy choice for a larger group. I'm sad to see it go.

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                        jhopp217 Dec 1, 2011 06:02 AM

                        It's funny. Back in the day I actually liked Pizza and Brew more than most Italian restaurants in the area (although I always stayed away from traditional sdishes). P&B is awful now

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                      addictedtolunch Dec 2, 2011 03:12 AM

                      Wow! This board about a closed place that nobody had anything nice to say about for years has generated a lot of passion. My take-food was meh, seemed better years ago, and it was a novelty act whose novelty had worn off. Not great, not horrible, but no longer an interesting experience.

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